Abraham Mamer

Abraham Mamer was born in South Sudan. Due to his advocacy and activism with human rights organizations in Sudan he was forced to become a refugee and relocate to a safe place. Mamer trained at AUT, in New Zealand, and worked in community and government sectors in New Zealand and Australian through the 1990s, co-ordinating […]

Adam Day

Adam is the author of Left-Handed Wolf (LSU Press, 2020), and of Model of a City in Civil War (Sarabande Books), and the recipient of a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship for Badger, Apocrypha, and of a PEN Award.

Adiva Sifris

Dr Adiva Sifris is Senior Lecturer at Monash University Law School. She has practiced and researched in family law for more than 20 years.  She recently took part in an extensive research project into family violence and family law in Australia for the Attorney-General’s Department.

Adolfo Aranjuez

Adolfo Aranjuez is the editor of Metro, Australia’s oldest film and media periodical.

Agata Wierzbowski

is a Senior Solicitor at Consumer Action Law Centre and the Victoria Law Foundation Community Law Centre Fellow for 2014/15

Alexandra Hurley

Alexandra Hurley is a student of Arts (International Studies)/ Law at Deakin University. She is is passionate about human rights, international law and migration.

Alexandra Scale

Alexandra Scale is a keen word enthusiast studying a Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) at Deakin University, Australia. She is currently on exchange at the University of Iceland; you can catch up on her wanderings and ramblings on her blog: 150daysiniceland.wordpress.com.

Alfred Pek

Alfred Pek is a filmmaker, video journalist, director, and an aspiring storyteller, adventurer, and explorer of pluralism and intersections of identities. Having diverse life experiences in Indonesia and then Australia, it has inspired him to pursue the direction of telling stories that matter to broader social contexts to inspire actions and move human hearts.

Ali MC

Ali MC is a photographer, writer and musician and Human Rights Law Masters student. As well as traveling extensively overseas, he has also lived in remote Aboriginal communities teaching music and learning language. His first full-length book The Eyeball End was published in 2015, and in 2016 he produced a fourth album Urban Cleansing through his music collective New Dub City.

Alice Bishop

Alice Bishop is from Christmas Hills, Victoria. Her work has appeared in Australian Book Review, Overland, Visible Ink, and Voiceworks. She is currently working on her first collection of short fiction, A Constant Hum.

Alice Pung

Alice Pung is a Melbourne writer, journalist, essayist and teacher.

Alison Whittaker

Alison Whittaker is a Gomeroi multitasker from the floodplains of Gunnedah in NSW. Between 2017–2018, she was a Fulbright scholar at Harvard Law School, where she was named the Dean’s Scholar in Race, Gender and Criminal Law. Her debut poetry collection, Lemons in the Chicken Wire, was awarded the State Library of Queensland’s black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowship […]

Alys Jackson

Alys Jackson is a writer and poet. After teaching and volunteering throughout Asia, South America, Europe and the Middle East for twelve years, she finally decided to settle in Adelaide. Her work has been published in America and Australia and in 2017 she received the Henry Lawson Festival of Arts’ Poetry Award.

Alyssia Tennant

Alyssia Tennant is currently studying an Honours degree at the University of Canberra. She has a Bachelor of Journalism with a specialisation in digital campaigning. Her work has been published in Feminartsy, HerCanberra, Curieux and BMA Magazine, among others.

Amirah Al Wassif

Amirah Al Wassif is a freelance writer, poet and novelist. She has five books written in Arabic and her English works have been published in many international literary and cultural magazines around the globe.

Amy Feldtmann

Amy Feldtmann is a Melbourne-based freelance communications specialist.

Amy Lee

Amy Lee is a lawyer and emerging writer.

Amy Walters

Amy is a Canberra-based critic and writer and has a background in cultural studies and social and medical anthropology.

Andrew McIlwraith

Andrew McIlwraith is a First Nations man of the Bundjalung Nation (descendant of the Webb and Williams families) and Worimi Nation (descendant of the Russell and Ping families).

Andy Jackson

Andy Jackson has featured at literary events and arts festivals in Australia, India, USA and Ireland. He was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Prize for Poetry for Among the regulars (Papertiger 2010), and won the 2013 Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize for The thin bridge. Andy’s other collections include Immune Systems (Transit Lounge 2015), and That […]

Andy McQuestin

Andy lives in Melbourne. His short fiction most recently appeared in Hawai’i Pacific Review and Overland.

Angela Costi

Angela Costi is also known as Aggeliki Kosti among the Cypriot diaspora, which is her heritage. She is the author of four poetry collections including Honey and Salt (Five Islands Press, 2007) and Lost in Mid-Verse (Owl Publishing, 2014). An award from the National Languages Board in 1995, enabled her to study Ancient Greek drama in Greece. She received funding from […]

Angus Smith

Angus is a multimedia journalist who contributes to leading Australian and international publications. His work has appeared in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, VICE, Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP), Crikey, News.com.au, Surfing Life Magazine, Tracks Magazine and much more. 

Anja Hilkemeijer

Anja Hilkemeijer is a lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania where she teaches in the areas of public law, human rights and international trade law. Her research interest is in the interaction between freedom of religion and discrimination law.

Anna Arstein-Kerslake

Dr Anna Arstein-Kerslake is an academic at Melbourne Law School where she developed and leads, the Disability Human Rights Clinic (DHRC). Her work on the right to equal recognition before the law has been published widely, including her 2017 book, Restoring Voice to People, published by Cambridge University Press.

Anna Jabour

Anna Jabour is a poet, writer and florist. She is the CEO of Flower Industry Australia and a former adviser to the first female Queensland Premier Anna Bligh, first female Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the inaugural Victorian Chief Engineer Dr Collette Burke.

Anna Kennedy

Anna is an arts writer and postgraduate student at the University of Melbourne.

Anna Maria Drutzel

Anna Maria Drutzel is a multidisciplinary artist and poet. She has exhibited and collaborated widely as a visual artist. Her work has been featured in Inscape, Rabelais, Little Raven and will be published in the upcoming Maintenant Journal. You can view more of Anna Maria’s work or contact her via her Facebook page.

Anne Collins

Anne Collins’ poetry collections are: The Language of Water, Seasoned with Honey – a four-poet anthology and The Season of Chance, all published by Walleah Press.

Anne Manne

Anne Manne is a Melbourne writer and social commentator, author of Motherhood, the Quarterly Essay Love and Money: The Family and the Free Market, and So This is Life, a memoir.

Anthony Levin

Anthony Levin is a human rights lawyer working in Sydney. He conducts public interest litigation for socially and economically disadvantaged clients, specialising in civil liberties and anti-discrimination law. Outside of law, Anthony is a writer, having published articles in publications in Australia and abroad including Prospect Magazine, Men’s Style, The Punch (News Ltd) and the […]

Arif Hussein

Arif Hussein is a Lawyer at the Refugee Advice and Casework Service

Asher Hirsch

Dr Asher Hirsch is a Senior Policy Officer with the Refugee Council of Australia.

Bänoo Zan

Bänoo Zan is a poet, translator, essayist, and poetry curator, with over 300 published pieces.

Barbara McDonald

Barbara McDonald is Professor of Law University of Sydney and formerly Commissioner, Australian Law Reform Commission.

Ben Callinan

Ben Callinan is a writer and editor. He is interested in local and global politics, especially regarding issues of power, free press and access to information. He has a Masters of Writing and Publishing from RMIT and is fascinated by the ways creativity, technology and politics converge. Ben has edited a book of refugee stories […]

Bill Cotter

Bill Cotter’s work has appeared in journals and magazines in Australia, New Zealand, England and in New Deli, India. Ginninderra Press has published a number of his poetry collections. Also a short play for voices, a collection of short stories and a novel, “Storm Over Bakery Hill” that explores the events leading up to the Eureka incident in Ballarat. The […]

Bridget Chappell

Bridget Chappell is a human rights activist who grew up in Canberra but now splits her time between Europe and the Middle East.

Bridget Lewis

Dr Bridget Lewis is a legal academic specialising in environmental human rights. Her doctoral thesis examined the right to a healthy environment in the context of climate change and she has published widely on various issues at the intersection of human rights and the environment.  Bridget is currently writing a book on the environmental rights […]

Bruce Lindsay

Senior Specialist Lawyer and Justice Team Lead, Environmental Justice Australia. Bruce currently leads the justice team at Environmental Justice Australia. EJA is a public interest environmental law practice. He has practised widely across environmental, planning and natural resources law and policy, in litigation, advice and law reform. The present focus of his work is collaboration […]

BS Clifford

Beatrice Scanlon is a 15 year old high school student from Perth, WA. She is interested in music, plays drums and is a henna artist.

Caitlin Cassidy

Caitlin Cassidy is a Masters student of Global Media Communications and graduate of Creative Writing and Politics at Melbourne University.

Carl Bradley

Carl Bradley lectures in Criminology at the Australian College of Applied Psychology. He researches hyper-masculine groups such as patched street gangs and outlaw bikers. He also writes on indigenous response to colonisation.

Charlotte Daraio

Charlotte Daraio is a writer from Melbourne. She is currently studying a Masters of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing at the University of Melbourne and has an avid interest in film and television. She wants to live in a more switched-on society and always tries to better the ways that she contributes to the world. Her […]

Charlotte Walkling

Charlotte Walkling is currently undertaking a Masters of Journalism at the University of Melbourne.

Cher Tan

Cher Tan is a freelance writer writing mostly on technology, politics, identity, and culture.

Chris Breen

Chris Breen is a high school science and maths teacher, an activist with the Refugee Action Collective, and Australian Education Union state councillor.

Christie-Anna Ozorio

Originally from Hong Kong, Christie-Anna Ozorio is a Juris Doctor student at Melbourne Law School.

Christopher Ringrose

Chris Ringrose has taught at the University of Alberta, the University of North Carolina and the University of Northampton, where he was awarded the University’s prize for teaching excellence. He is currently Adjunct Associate Professor of English at Monash University in Melbourne. His poetry has won awards in England, Canada and Australia, and he has published critical work on modern fiction, literary theory and children’s literature. He is the co-editor of the Journal of Postcolonial Writing (Routledge) and the book series Studies in World Literature (Columbia UP), and is a poetry reviewer for the Australian Poetry Journal.

Christy Collins

Christy Collins is a Melbourne-based writer. Her (as yet unpublished) first novel was shortlisted for the Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award and longlisted for the Vogel. “After” is an extract from the novel. She is currently studying a PhD in Creative Writing at the Australian Catholic University.

Cindy Jiang

Cindy Jiang is a Chinese emerging writer, playwright, actor, and spoken word poet based in Melbourne. Her humbly growing writing credits include a runner-up place in the Boroondara Literary Awards in Poetry (2016), and her self-directed and performed original work Translucent, which featured in The University of Melbourne’s TASTINGS (2018). She lives and writes in English, Mandarin, French, […]

Claire Feain

Claire Feain is a writer, teaches English and Philosophy, and is head of Learning Difficulties at a secondary school in Melbourne, Australia.

Claire G. Coleman

Claire G. Coleman is a Noongar woman whose ancestral country is on the south coast of Western Australia. She writes poetry, fiction and non-fiction and her debut novel Terra Nullius was shortlisted for and won multiple awards. The Old Lie is her second novel”.

Claire Hansen

Claire Hansen is a lecturer in English at James Cook University.

Claire Rogers

Claire Rogers is chief executive of World Vision Australia, the country’s largest not-for-profit organisation, working in partnership across 90 countries to provide short and long term assistance to 100 million people. Claire, a social innovator, has a proven track record of strategising and delivering major change initiatives, helping organisations adapt to the tech-disrupted economy, aligning […]

Claire Spivakovsky

Dr Claire Spivakovsky is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology. Claire’s research expertise extends across the broad fields of punishment, imprisonment, detention and social control and she specialises in issues relating to race and crime, and disability and law.

Claire Wilson

Claire Rosslyn Wilson is a writer, poet and researcher. She has professional experience in the arts and resource development and has worked with international and non-profit organisations in Thailand, Singapore and Australia. She is a regular writer for Art Radar and Culture360 and has co-written the book Freelancing in the Creative Industries (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Clinton Fernandes

Clinton Fernandes is Professor of International and Political Studies at UNSW. He holds dual appointments at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Australian Centre for Cyber Security

Costa Avgoustinos

Dr Costa Avgoustinos is a constitutional law academic at the University of Technology, Sydney (Law) and PhD graduate at the University of New South Wales (Law).​

Cristy Clark, Julia Dehm, Beth Goldblatt

Dr Julia Dehm is a Senior Lecturer at the La Trobe Law School, Australia. Her research addresses urgent issues of international and domestic climate change and environmental law, natural resource governance and questions of human rights, economic inequality and social justice. Dr Cristy Clark is an Associate Professor of Law in the Faculty of Business, […]

Dale Straughen

Dale Straughen is a student at Melbourne Law School and a member of Young Liberty for Law Reform.

Danish Khan

Danish Khan is a Pakistani-Australian international development professional. Having lived half his life in each country, and having moved back and forth six times has allowed him to juxtapose both his countries’ cultures and traditions, and mold them to form his own identity. He is particularly interested in the migrant experience in Australia, and how […]

Dario Mujkic

Dario Mujkic is an Industrial Officer at the National Union of Workers.

Daryl Yang

Daryl Yang recently graduated with a double degree in law and liberal arts from Yale-NUS College. As a college student, he co-founded and served as the inaugural Executive Director of the Inter-University LGBT Network in Singapore. 

Dave Clark

Dave Clark in an emerging writer and poet who does his living and breathing in Alice Springs. He works as a counsellor and enjoys reading, photography and giving voice to silenced stories. His poems have appeared in Verdant, Adelaide and read on 8CCC and ABC Radio.

Dave Martin

Dave Martin is a PhD Candidate at La Trobe University Law School. He is researching the human impacts on New Zealand citizens (and their families) being forcibly removed from Australia under Section 501 of the Migration Act. Dave previously managed a prison organisation in Queensland for eight years.

David Paris

David Paris is Campaigns Manager at Digital Rights Watch

Dean Yates

Dean Yates was a journalist, bureau chief and senior editor at Reuters for 23 years.

Dennis Altman

Dennis Altman is a writer and academic who first came to attention with the publication of his book Homosexual: Oppression & Liberation in 1972.

Devana Senanayake

Devana Senanayake is currently based in Melbourne, Victoria. She is a journalist, radio producer and photographer. She focuses on race, immigration, colonisation, diasporas and food. Devana has been featured on SBS, Meanjin, The Quo, Archer magazine and Writers Magazine

Di Cousens

Di Cousens‘ most recent poetry chapbook is the days pass without name, which was launched by Professor Gillian Triggs, former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, in 2018. Di has had an eclectic career. Her poems have been published in chapbooks, journals and anthologies. Di has been taking photos all her life and won the […]

Diana Ong

Diana Ong is a Community Manager at The Platform, with a background in architecture, design and marketing.

Dinesha Perera

Dinesha Perera works as a trauma counsellor with people seeking asylum and is an emerging writer. Her writing is informed by the concept of intersectionality and probes how we live with our individual and collective pain.  

Dione Joseph

Dione Joseph is a theater director and writer with an academic and performance background in community and cultural development.

Dr Jennifer Jones

Dr Jennifer Jones is a Senior Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Studies, Archaeology and History, in the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce at La Trobe University, Albury-Wodonga campus.

Dr Kellie Sanders

Dr Kellie Sanders completed her doctorate, Picturing Footballing Bodies: Gender, Homosociality and Sportscapes, drawing on a visual methodology and exploring the intersections of gender, power, sociality and sexuality within a women’s Australian Rules football team.

Dr Michael Henry AM

Dr Michael Henry AM is the Coordinator of the United Nations Association of Australia Asylum Seekers and Refugees Program.

Dr Michelle Sharpe

Dr Michelle Sharpe is a barrister practicing primarily in the areas of general commercial and regulatory law.

Dr Olivia Ball

Dr Olivia Ball is child rights advocate at International Social Service Australia.

Dr Renate Klein

Dr Renate Klein is a biologist, social scientist, women’s health activist, and co-founder of Spinifex Press.

Dr. Srishti Sehgal

Dr. Srishti Sehgal is a doctorate in English Literature with a specialisation in Cultural Studies. She has been teaching English language and literature at tertiary level since 8 years and is driven by the unrelenting pursuit of learning and researching. Along with several poems and research papers published in international journals, she has three published […]

Edward Caruso

Edward Caruso works as a book editor. He is currently working on a collection of poems written in Chile and Argentina.

Eli Glasman

Eli Glasman is a Melbourne-based author. His debut novel, The Boy’s Own Manual to Being a Proper Jew (Sleepers Publishing), concerns a homosexual boy in the Melbourne orthodox Jewish community. His short fiction has appeared in Voiceworks and Sleepers Almanac and in 2013 he was placed second in the Josephine Ulrick short story competition.

Eliah Castiello

Eliah Castiello is President and Co-Founder of the Comparative ASEAN Animal Law Library (‘CAALL’) and Production Editor for the Statelessness & Citizenship Review.

Elif Sekercioglu

Elif Sekercioglu is a research assistant at the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness.

Elise Springett

Elise works daily to unite her community and raise crucial awareness about the impacts of climate change on the future of our Reef and our children.

Elizabeth Kuiper

Elizabeth Kuiper is a writer and a law student living in Melbourne. Her debut novel, Little Stones (UQP), was released in June 2019.

Ellena Savage

Ellena Savage edits arts at The Lifted Brow, politics at SPOOK Magazine, and writes a monthly cultural politics column at Eureka Street.

Eloise Grills

Eloise Grills is a writer, poet and comics artist based in Footscray, heavily invested in the intersection between art, writing and having too many feelings. In 2018 she received the Felix Meyer Scholarship and won the Woollahra Digital Literary Prize for her Scum Mag column, Diary of a Post-Teenage Girl. She was a finalist for […]

Emiko Watanabe

Emiko Watanabe has done quite a few things in her life including working as a sustainable development consultant, running zine fairs, being a co-director at Paper Mountain (an Artist Run Initiative in Perth), and is currently an aspiring human rights lawyer.

Emily Maguire

Emily Maguire is the author of four novels and two non-fiction books, and a teacher and mentor to young and emerging writers.

Emma Hartley

Emma is an honours student at the ANU School of Politics and International Relations. She is involved with the STOP Campaign, which focuses on ending sexual violence on Australian university campuses. She can be found on Twitter at @emmahartleyy1.

Emma McDonald

Emma McDonald is a writer, currently working as a journalist for a publishing company based in Melbourne.

Erin Gillen

Erin Gillen is a member of Equality Rights Alliance’s Young Women’s Advisory Group.

Erin Handley

Erin Handley is an writer and editor for Right Now. She has also written for Liticism, in Brief and Farrago and is a co-convener of the Garage Blackboard Lectures.

Esther Rockett

Esther Rockett is a co-founder of the Stranded Aussies Action Network ​

Eva Pils

Eva Pils is Professor of Law at King’s College London.

Eve Gallagher

Eve Gallagher is a volunteer lawyer at inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence.

Eve Lester

Eve Lester is the author of Making Migration Law: The Foreigner, Sovereignty and the Case of Australia (Cambridge University Press, 2018). She is also a member of the Board of the Jesuit Refugee Service (Australia).

Fadak Alfayadh

Fadak is a lawyer, writer and human rights advocate based in Melbourne. Her work particularly is driven by refugee issues in Australia and around the globe.

Farah Beaini

Farah Beaini is a writer and poet, interested in creating meaning in a world of noise. Liquid and lyrical, her work blends stories of identity and belonging in an age of constant movement, and often tackles difficult conversations within the community. A contributing writer to tcktown.com, she has regularly featured at major events and festivals including the Melbourne Writer’s Festival, Melbourne Spoken […]

Fatima Measham

Fatima Measham is a Melbourne-based writer with a focus on social justice, identity and politics.

Filipa Bellette

Dr Filipa Bellette lives in Tasmania and teaches online Creative Writing for Macquarie University. In 2012, she completed her Creative Writing PhD on the ethics of cross-cultural/racial writing. She has had a selection of poetry, short fiction and a scholarly article published in literary journals, including Blue Dog: Australian Poetry, The Quarry and TEXT.

Fiona McGaughey

Fiona McGaughey is a Lecturer in the Law School at the University of Western Australia.

Francis Deng

Francis is an aspiring writer, who came to Australia as a refugee from Sudan. His memoir, which is based on his former life as a boy soldier – as one of the ‘lost boys’ – is coming out soon.

Freddy Iryss

Under the pen name Freddy Iryss, author Friederike Krishnabhakdi-Vasilakis writes fantasy, SciFi, speculative fiction and poetry. Her short fiction work has appeared in journals, magazines and anthologies, including Griffith Review online; Black Hare Press and Neo Perennial Press. Iryss speculates about different perspectives from within the Anthropocene, which includes particularly fauna, flora and water ecologies.

Freya Dinshaw

Freya Dinshaw is an Australian solicitor and a recent LLM graduate from the London School of Economics. She has been working on the business and human rights project at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. All of the opinions expressed are the author’s own.

Gabrielle Ebeling

Gabrielle is an Arts/Law graduate with a focus on social justice, human rights and visual arts in the public sphere. Majoring in French Studies, she worked largely on the representation of French culture and identity through philosophy, literature and film, giving her a particular interest in the deeper implications of creative expression. She has interned […]

Gail Grossman Freyne

Dr Gail Grossman Freyne co-founded the Family Therapy and Counselling Centre and completed her PhD at University College Dublin. She has written numerous articles published in Ireland and the USA, and her piece, ‘Traditional Marriage Needs Fixing’, was published in Eureka Street.

Gary Dickson

Gary Dickson works in the School of Media, Film and Journalism at Monash University.

Gary Smith

Gary is currently a sessional lecturer in Creative Arts at Deakin University. He has had his short fiction, poetry and feature articles published in a variety of national newspapers, anthologies, journals and magazines, has twice won Verandah literary journal’s national poetry prize, and was shortlisted for the Alan Marshall Short Story Award (residents’ section). Gary […]

Gemima Harvey

Gemima Harvey is a freelance journalist and photographer focusing on human rights, social justice issues and the environment.

Geoffrey Aitken

Geoffrey Aitken is a former Senior English teacher who is more a voice than a poet and accepts his critics would agree. That voice has been developed to raise issues those without cannot express. He is recently published in Adelaide as one of three contributors to “New Poets 19” an anthology published by “Friendly Street Poets” […]

Georgia Cerni

Georgia is a Melbourne-based writer with an interest in subculture and politics. In 2020 she completed her Honours thesis at RMIT University, researching online extremism. By day, she is a customer service professional.

Georgia Kartas

Georgia Kartas is a Hobart-based writer and editor interested in literature, digital media and international relations.

Georgia Mathews

Georgia is the Founder and Executive Director of Australia’s first LGBTIQ+ giving circle, The Channel and works at Australian Communities Foundation as Grants Coordinator. She sits on the Board of the Urgent Action Fund for Women and Trans* Human Rights Asia and the Pacific. In her spare time she enjoys listening to true crime podcasts and […]

Georgina Haines

Georgina Haines specialises in Australian and Asian law, and has a passion for human rights and women’s empowerment, as well as languages and literature.

Gideon Cordover

Gideon Cordover is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).

Gillian Terzis

Gillian Terzis writes about technology and culture for The Saturday Paper, The Atlantic and The Economist.

Gina McColl

Gina McColl is head of Investigations at Right Now, and founder of investigation agency The Tell and media consultancy Women’s Agency. Previously an award-winning journalist and editor at The Age, The Sunday Age and BRW,  and Investigative Journalism lecturer at the University of Melbourne, she played a leading role in editorial independence, gender equity, public […]

Grace Jennings-Edquist

Grace Jennings-Edquist is a lawyer-turned-journalist who has been published in The Australian, Crikey, Mamamia, New Statesman, Ms. Magazine and mX.

Greg Barns

Greg Barns graduated BA LLB from Monash University in 1984. He was a member of the Victorian Bar where he practiced in criminal law from 1986-89 and has been a member of the Tasmanian Bar since 2003. Greg was chief of staff and senior adviser to a number of federal and state Liberal Party leaders […]

Greg Pritchard

Greg Pritchard has a PhD in literature and a Masters in Visual Art. He is a writer, visual and conceptual artist, performer and is co-producer of Thieves Theatre. He is currently the Regional Arts Development Officer for the Western Riverina but will leave this position shortly to travel to Senegal for an arts residency.

Guido Melo

Guido Melo is an Afro-Brazilian-Latinx multilingual author and poet based in Naarm (Melbourne). Currently undertaking a Bachelor of Arts in Writing & Digital Media at Victoria University, his words can be found in Peril Magazine, Ascension Magazine, SBS Voices, SBS Portuguese, Cordite, Mantissa Poetry, Voz Limpia, Alma Preta Jornalismo and Guia Negro News. Guido is […]

Hannah Figueroa

Hannah Figueroa is Liberty Victoria’s Spokesperson on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Hannah Gordon

Hannah Gordon is a research assistant at the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness and a final semester JD candidate at the University of Melbourne.

Hari M. Osofsky

Hari M. Osofsky is Dean of Penn State Law and the Penn State School of International Affairs and Distinguished Professor of Law, Professor of International Affairs, and Professor of Geography.

Hayley Elliott-Ryan

Hayley Elliott-Ryan is a Melbourne based writer, musician and artist. She is the co-creator and editor of WORDLY magazine. Her works have been nominated for the Judith Rodriguez prize and published in the online journal Writing Evolutions. Hayley is currently completing her honours in professional and creative writing at Deakin University.

Heath Chamerski

Heath Chamerski has worked in the publishing industry for the past 15 years and has written film and television reviews for publications such as The Age, The Canberra Times, the MX, The New Zealand Herald and The South China Morning Post.

Heather Moore

Heather Moore is the National Policy and Advocacy Coordinator for the Salvation Army’s Freedom Partnership.

Hector Sharp

Hector Sharp is the Victorian Co-Convener and IHL Spokesperson at Australian Lawyers for Human Rights.

Helen Dickinson

Helen Dickinson is Associate Professor Public Governance at the Melbourne School of Government and School of Social and Political Sciences.

Hugh de Kretser

Hugh de Kretser is the Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre.

Isabelle Winkler

Isabelle is a graduate from the University of Melbourne. Now based in Berlin, she shares thoughts on art and society as a freelance writer.

Isobel Hodges

Isobel shifts between writing and making art as part of her process.

Isobel Rechter

Isobel Rechter is a solicitor at an international commercial law firm, with a keen interest in the intersection between human rights and business.

Iwan Awaluddin Yusuf

Iwan Awaluddin Yusuf is a PhD Candidate in Media and Journalism Studies, Monash University, and a Lecturer at Departement of Communications, Universitas Islam Indonesia.

Iwan Awaluddin Yusuf

Iwan Awaluddin Yusuf is a PhD Candidate in Media and Journalism Studies, Monash University, and a Lecturer at Departement of Communications, Universitas Islam Indonesia.

Jacinta Mulders

Jacinta Mulders writes fiction and critical and creative non-fiction. She was a 2015 recipient of a UEA Creative Writing International Scholarship at the University of East Anglia where she completed her MA. Her writing has been featured in Meanjin, the Meanjin blog, Seizure, Oyster, Pollen, and TheVine, where she worked as an Editor. She is an admitted lawyer whose research in human […]

Jack Britton

Jack Britton is a translator, researcher and freelance writer currently embedded with the Indonesian National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Jacqueline Peel

Professor Jacqueline Peel is a leading, internationally-recognised expert in the field of environmental and climate change law.

Jacqui Fetchet

Jacqui Fetchet is in her final year of Law/International Studies (Development Studies) at UNSW. She has interned at the Indigenous Law Centre and is currently Vice-President of Social Justice in the UNSW Law Society. She is passionate about women’s issues, the promotion of Indigenous rights and participatory community development.

Jake Dennis

Jake Dennis is a jazz singer and poet published in Art Monthly Australia, Cordite, The Disappearing App, Landscapes, Little Raven, Lost Coast Review USA, The Mozzie, Poetry NZ, Structo UK, and Voiceworks. He has performed with Mint Jazz Band and last year released his first original song, “Like Blown Smoke”. He has poems forthcoming in […]

James Atkinson

James is a writer and editor based in Canberra. He is a previous editor-in-chief of Woroni and currently works in the NGO space. James is interested in the human rights implications of climate change, new technology and economic inequality. He holds a Bachelor of Development Studies and a Bachelor of Arts from ANU.

Jamie Derkenne

Jamie Derkenne lives in Sydney and has published stories in Birdville, The Quarry and Ragnarok.

Jane Struthers

Jane Sofia Struthers is truly an international girl. She’s been to six continents, lived on five, and (if Workaway counts!) worked on four. She was born in America, identifies most closely with Europe, gender-transitioned in India, and loves Australia, hoping to one day end up there. In the mean time she writes (a lot), cooks, […]

Janelle Koh

Janelle Koh is a writer, soon-to-be lawyer, Managing Editor of Right Now, and relational thinker. She enjoys thinking on issues relating to gender and sexuality, Indigenous rights as are embedded in our cultural consciousness.

Jasmine Shirrefs

Jasmine Shirrefs (they/them) is a hospo worker, zine maker, writer and social work student on Boon Wurrung land. They have a hot desk fellow ship at the Wheeler Centre in 2019. You can find their work in Overland, Lot’s Wife and at the Sticky Institute. Jasmine writes about Deafness, community and identity in an age […]

Jason Scanes

Jason Scanes is a former Australian Army Captain, and founder/CEO of Forsaken Fighters Australia Inc.

Jay Daniel Thompson

Dr. Jay Daniel Thompson lectures in media writing at the University of Melbourne. He is also a freelance journalist, blogger and editor.

Jeff Sparrow

Jeff Sparrow is a writer, editor and broadcaster, and an Honorary Fellow at Victoria University.

Jessica Pearce

Jessica Pearce is a writer and editor. She previously worked in book publishing at Cambridge University Press and Black Inc. Books, and is now Digital Communications Officer at the University of Melbourne.

Jessica Yu

Jessica Yu is the recipient of the Young Writers Innovation Prize 2014 and founding editor of interactive narrativity website, Betanarratives.

Jinghua Qian

Jinghua Qian is a Shanghainese writer living in Melbourne’s west, on the land of the Kulin nation.

JN Joniad

JN Joniad is a Rohingya journalist. He is a student of political science and a human rights activist. Formerly an engineering and physics student in Myanmar, before being forced to flee to Indonesia, Joniad contributes to film and publishing accounts of refugees searching for a safe and durable solution.

Joe Patterson

Joe Patterson is a freelance writer and PhD Student from Adelaide. Currently, Joe is undertaking a collaborative creative writing-based project at Curtin University and Aberdeen University. He also teaches journalism at the University of South Australia.

Joel Lazar

Joel Lazar majored in Creative Writing at Monash University and works as a graduate lawyer by day.

Joel Wright

A Gunditjmara descendant and traditional owner, Joel Wright co-ordinates the Laka Gunditj Language Program in South West Victoria. A previous Indigenous member of ACTU Executive committee and Producer for the ABC’s National Indigenous program Speaking Out, he is currently a director for the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages and was its first state manager in […]

John Bartlett

John Bartlett is the author of three novels, a collection of short stories and non-fiction. His poetry has been published in a number of Australian and overseas journals. In June 2019 Melbourne Poets Union released his Chapbook The Arms of Men and in May 2020 Ginninderra Press published Songs of the Godforsaken as part of its Picaro Poets’ series and will […]

Joo-Cheong Tham

Joo-Cheong Tham is an Associate Professor at the Melbourne Law School and is leading an Australian Research Council project focused on the precariousness of temporary migrant work in Australia.

Jordan Roux

Jordan Roux is a Canberra local studying international relations and human rights. In her spare time, she drinks copious amounts of tea and worships Elaine Pearson.

Jordina Rust

Jordina Rust is a member of the ‘refugee pod’ at Young Liberty for Law Reform.

Joseph Gleeson

Joseph Gleeson is a writer and painter from Melbourne. He is interested in identity and displacement, in how melancholia and loss present as a result of migration. In his work, he asks what constitutes nationhood? What enshrines citizenship? The poem, ‘beside the glass Coolamon, inside a sheepish cabinet’, is his first published piece of writing as […]

Juan Garrido Salgado

Juan Garrido Salgado immigrated to Australia from Chile in 1990, fleeing the regime that burned his poetry and imprisoned and tortured him for his political activism. He has published three books of poetry, and his poems have been widely translated. He himself has translated works into Spanish from John Kinsella, Mike Ladd, Judith Beveridge, Dorothy Porter […]

Julia Dehm

Julia Dehm is a senior lecturer at the La Trobe Law School. Her research addresses international climate change law and regulation, transnational carbon markets and the governance of natural resources as well as human rights issues.

Kamna Muddagouni

Kamna Muddagouni is a writer and anti-discrimination lawyer based in Narrm (Melbourne). Having migrated from Mumbai, she now lives on the Stolen Land of the Kulin Nation. Kamna writes on issues including legal rights for young people, intersections between feminism, pop culture and political identity, and her experiences as a third culture kid.

Kat George

Kat George is public policy professional focusing on consumer rights. She is also an established writer and editor, currently contributing to Huck Magazine. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, Vice, The Establishment, Dazed and many others. Kat is an LL.M candidate at the University of Melbourne, researching gender, economic and social rights, and the relationship between business, […]

Kat Phyn

Kat Phyn is a script-writer, film-maker and poet who also dabbles in the occasional protest for human rights.

Kate Holden

Kate Holden is the author of the memoirs In My Skin: A memoir, and The Romantic: Italian Nights and Days.

Kate Jama

Kate Jama is a Somali-English artist, writer and almost-lawyer working from a black-diasporic, white-passing, cis-female, queer positionality. Kate draws upon both her experience in law and public policy, as well as her diasporic identity, to explore the relationship between the body, laws and belonging. In 2017, she curated and exhibited Borders, Walls and Belonging at […]

Kate Jessica Raphael

Kate Raphael is a San Francisco Bay Area writer, feminist and queer activist and radio producer. She lived in Palestine for eighteen months as a member of the International Women’s Peace Service, and spent over a month in Israeli prison because of her activism. Her Palestine mystery novels have won the Independent Publisher Book Award […]

Katelin Morris

Katelin Morris is the managing editor of Right Now and a subeditor at The Saturday Paper who has had an extensive career in Australian newspapers.

Katharine Brown

Katharine Brown is a graduate lawyer and chair of Liberty Victoria’s Young Liberty for Law Reform (YLLR) program.

Katherine E Seppings

Katherine E Seppings is an artist, writer and photographer, published in non-fiction books, poetry journals and anthologies. In 2012, she was an AP Café Poet in Castlemaine. Katherine was Highly Commended in the Rhonda Jankovic Poetry Award 2014 and has won two Castlemaine Poetry Cups. She is currently working on a collection of her poetry, […]

Kathleen McLeod

Kathleen McLeod is a Brisbane poet. Her work has been published in Banango Street, Saul Williams’ anthology Chorus, Giles Corey Press’ Three Word Chant: Occupy issue and Sunlit. She blogs at http://www.kathleenjoy.tumblr.com.

Kathryn Smith

Kathryn is the Victorian Co-Lead of the UNAA Young Professionals, having previously been the Victorian Secretary and Advocacy committee member. She is completing her Graduate Certificate in Public Health and is a new professional looking to start her career in public health. Her main interests in public health are, but not limited to, NCDs, health […]

Kathy Tierney

Kathy Tierney is a writer who lives in Australia and has poetry published in various journals. She has won three poetry awards; The 2004 Newcastle Poetry Prize-local (joint first prize),The 2005 Dennis Butler Memorial Award: Free Form Poetry (1st prize) and the Bessie Jennings Award Literary Writing Competition 2017 (2nd prize). She has also won […]

Katy Barnett

Katy Barnett is a Professor at Melbourne Law School with extensive publications in private law and remedies law. Her PhD on accounts of profit for breach of contract was published as a monograph in 2012. She is also a co-author of ‘Remedies in Australian Private Law’ with Dr Sirko Harder. Find Katy on Twitter.

Katy Thorpe

Katy Thorpe is a Research and Publications Officer at the Judicial College of Victoria, who co-authored the Charter of Human Rights Bench Book.

Kaushi Kogar

Kaushi is an extremely passionate advocate for women and aims to fight for their rights, specifically their sexual and reproductive health rights. Throughout her career, she has fulfilled numerous roles in aspects of business development, including program design and fundraising. She has also managed multiple sexual and reproductive health programs (specifically for youth/adolescents) both nationally […]

Keenan Mundine

Keenan Mundine is the Co-Founder and Ambassador for Deadly Connections, a Aboriginal Community Led, not-for-profit organisation that breaks the cycles of disadvantage and trauma to directly address the over-representation of Aboriginal people in the child protection and justice system/s. Keenan is a proud First Nations man with connections to the Biripi Nation of NSW through […]

Kelly Walker

Kelly is a queer creative writer based in Melbourne who grew up in Sydney and Perth. She writes about environmentalism and the rhetoric surrounding women.

Kim Waters

Kim Waters lives in Melbourne. She has a Master of Arts degree in creative writing from Deakin University. Her poetry has appeared in The Australian, Shanghai Review, Verge and Antithesis. 

Kira Hartley

Kira Hartley is a Masters graduate in Publishing and Communications. She is interested in the intersection between the arts and human rights, as well as visual art practises around the world.

Kirli Saunders

Kirli Saunders is a proud Gunai woman with ties to the Yuin, Gundungurra, Gadigal and Biripi people. She is a children’s author, poet, emerging playwright and motorcyclist. Kirli founded the Poetry in First Languages project, she was awarded ‘Worker of the Year 2017’ at the NAIDOC awards in the Illawarra/ Shoalhaven region and has been nominated for a National […]

Larissa Sutherland

Larissa Sutherland is currently undertaking a Master of Journalism at the University of
Melbourne.

Laura Dreyfus

Laura Dreyfus is a member of the “refugee pod” at Young Liberty for Law Reform.

Laura Jean McKay

Laura Jean McKay is the author of Holiday in Cambodia (Black Ink), a short story collection that explores the electric zone where local and foreign lives meet.

Laura Kenny

Laura Kenny is a PhD candidate in creative writing at Queensland University of Technology who writes poetry and prose.

Laura McPhee-Browne

Laura McPhee-Browne is a writer and social worker living in Melbourne, Victoria. She has had poetry and short stories published in a number of journals including in Brief Magazine, The Suburban Review, Empty Mirror, The Squawk Back, Kumquat Poetry and an e-anthology of stories raising money for Typhoon Yolanda. She recently won a competition through […]

Lauren Scott

Lauren Scott an Arabana and Southern Arrernte person working as an administrative and professional assistant in the Indigenous Studies Unit at the University of Melbourne

Lee Carnie

Lee Carnie is a Melbourne-based human rights advocate with a background in youth justice, LGBTIQ+ rights, equality and law reform. They pay their deepest respects to the traditional owners of the Kulin nation on whose lands they live and work.

Leila Lois

Leila Lois is a woman of Kurdish and Celtic heritage who has lived most of her life in Aotearoa. Her Kurdish ancestors fled oppression in Iraq in the seventies and her parents moved from London to Aotearoa soon after she was born. She has been living on Kulin land/Melbourne since 2018, working as a dance […]

Len Baglow

Len Baglow is a creative writing student at the University of Canberra. Previously he was a Canberra based policy advocate with a particular interest in student poverty.

Lena Mountford

Lena Mountford believes in creating a culturally diverse and equal world, where differences are celebrated, acknowledged and respected. She spends her time at Deadly Connections as a volunteer co-ordinator whilst studying a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Indigenous Studies as a pathway to primary education at Western Sydney University. Lena hopes to use her experience […]

Leroy Wilson

Leroy Wilson is an Indigenous storyteller and aspiring poet. He was raised in the outback community of Barcaldine in Central Western Queensland. Spending much of his life in the bush lands of Australia, Leroy has been constantly exposed to the harsh arid deserts and found much beauty in this landscape. His poetry has been published […]

Les Wicks

Les Wicks has toured widely and seen publication in over 350 different magazines, anthologies and newspapers across 28 countries in 13 languages. His 13thbook of poetry is Getting By Not Fitting In (Island, 2016).

Lexi Lachal

Lexi Lachal is a civil and human rights lawyer at the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia and member of Liberty Victoria’s Rights Advocacy Project.

Liam Fallon

Liam is a writer with a keen interest in exploring the intersection between history, politics and culture in Australia and abroad.

Liam Grealy

Liam Grealy is postdoctoral research fellow in the Housing for Health Incubator, which is led by Tess Lea and is attached to the Department of Gender Studies at the University of Sydney. Grealy’s research investigates cultures of policy making, especially housing and infrastructure policy in regional and remote Australia and southeast Louisiana. He is visiting […]

Lian Low

Lian Low is a writer, editor and spoken word artist.

Lisa Jacobson

Lisa Jacobson is the author of three book of poetry and is a social worker who assists vulnerable families, including asylum seekers.

Lizz Murphy

Lizz Murphy is an Irish-Australian poet who has published twelve books including seven poetry titles. She lives in Binalong NSW.

Loren Days

Loren Days is a Right Now Board Member and a Policy Advisor at Our Watch.

Lucy Norton

Lucy Norton is a queer, Darug and Quechua artist who currently lives on Gadigal and Wangal Country.

Lucy Whyte

Lucy Whyte is a writer and masters student originally from Sydney and currently based in Melbourne. She has a strong interest in human rights issues and social justice in Australia.

Luke Bodley

Luke Bodley is a writer and artist residing in Sydney who has always been interested in combining poetics with internet and artworld iconography to explore the complex intersections of ‘self’ and ‘world’.

Lur Alghurabi

Lur Alghurabi is an Iraqi writer whose work focuses on refugee memoir and transcultural storytelling. She achieved First Class Honours in Creative Writing, won the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers (2017) and was shortlisted for the Deborah Cass Prize for Migrant Writers (2017).

Lyndsey Jackson

Lyndsey Jackson is the Chair of Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA) and a committed advocate of the protection of individual rights. She has been active in web and digital media for ten years, working to facilitate accessibility for people with disabilities and to ensure that the use of digital does not create procedural or administrative issues that […]

Mabel Kwong

Mabel Kwong is a freelance writer and blogger interested in questions of multiculturalism, diasporas and what it means to be an Asian person living in Australia. She blogs at www.mabelkwong.com and tweets @TheMabelKwong.

Madina Mohmood

Madina Mohmood is a Law/Arts graduate from the University of Queensland. She is currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. Madina is an Afghan-Australian interested in all things human rights. She lives on Quandamooka country.

Madison Griffiths

Madison Griffiths is a writer, artist and poet whose work has been published in VICE, Overland, Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings and more. She an online editor at Voiceworks and the co-host of pedestrian.tv’s newest mental health podcast, No Chill. Her work revolves around issues concerning women, mental illness, animals and race. She can be found on Instagram at @madisonrgriffiths or Twitter at @mgriffithz.

Margaret Ruckert

Margaret Owen Ruckert, educator and poet, won the 2012 IP Poetry Book of the Year for musefood. A previous winner of NSW Women Writers National Poetry Award, she is widely published. Margaret is Facilitator of Hurstville Discovery Writers and a Cafe Poet. Her first book You Deserve Dessert explored sweet foods.

Margarite Clarey

Margarite Clarey is a freelance journalist covering conflict, displacement and human rights. 

Maria Griffin

Maria Griffin’s poetry and creative non-fiction has recently appeared, or is forthcoming, in Not Very Quiet, L’Ephemere Review, Talking Writing, StylusLit, and Pink Cover Zine.

Marilyn Snider

Marilyn Snider is a global learning consultant involved in curriculum planning on global issues including human rights, social justice, sustainability and intercultural understanding.

Marilyn Tan and Xinyi Li (Violet)

Marilyn Tan and Xinyi Li (Violet) collaborated to work on The Age summer series; All politics is local: how climate change will impact the places you live and love.

Mark Isaacs

Mark Isaacs is a writer, a community worker, an adventurer, a campaigner for social justice, and author of The Undesirables: Inside Nauru (Hardie Grant 2014).

Mark Marusic

Mark Marusic, life long resident of Sydney, Australia, has self-published 3 books of poetry – Mercurial Meanderings (2004), Square Circle (2005) and Iconoclastic Journeys (2015). He performs his poems at various Sydney poetry venues, and also writes short stories, plays, and philosophical essays.

Mark William Jackson

Mark William Jackson’s work has appeared in various journals including; Best Australian Poems, Popshot, Going Down Swinging, Cordite, Rabbit Poetry Journal, Verity La and Tincture.

Mary Chydirotis

Mary Chydiriotis is a social worker and writer living in Melbourne. Her poems have been published in journals and anthologies both locally and overseas, including Social Alternatives, Right Now, Garfield Lake Review, Offset, Short and Twisted and Tincture. Mary has worked with migrants and refugees in the community sector for fifteen years.

Matt Blackwood

Matt Blackwood is a writer whose short fiction and screenplays have won awards and been published. His locative literature project, MyStory, gained a City of Melbourne Laneway Commission, showcasing his own work alongside that of Barry Dickins, Cate Kennedy and Tony Birch in digitally immersive forms. He has ghostwritten blogs for Olympians, written two-and-a-half almost […]

Matthew Albert

Matthew Albert is a barrister, a member of Liberty Victoria’s Policy Committee and a member of the Right Now board.

Matthew Vandeputte

Matthew Vandeputte is a Belgian timelapse photographer who has always wanted to do work that has a lasting social and cultural impact.

Max Walden

Max Walden works for an international development NGO in Indonesia and is a Research Assistant with the Sydney Asia Pacific Migration Centre at the University of Sydney.

Meera Atkinson

Meera Atkinson is a literary writer, interdisciplinary researcher, and educator. Her published works include Traumata, The Poetics of Transgenerational Trauma, and Traumatic Affect, a co-edited academic volume. She is an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Notre Dame Australia, where she teaches creative writing.

Melanie Joosten

Melanie Joosten is a writer and social worker whose work has been published in Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings, The Conversation and Best Australian Stories 2014.

Meleesha Bardolia

Meleesha Bardolia is a freelance writer and filmmaker. She previously worked as an Education Administration Assistant at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. In 2013, Meleesha was the recipient of a Hot Desk Wheeler Centre writing fellowship.

Menoz Bowler

Menoz is the principal of her own criminal law practice appearing for both adults and children in their criminal law matters. She also appears in intervention order and family law matters and the Family Division of the Children’s Court. Menoz has extensive experience practicing criminal law in the Community Legal Sector, working as drug court lawyer […]

Michael Green

Michael Green is a freelance journalist who writes about environmental, social and community issues.

Michael Stanton

Michael Stanton is a barrister and the Immediate Past President of Liberty Victoria.

Nadia Kaunein

Nadia is a dental surgeon with a masters degree in public health from the University of Melbourne. She works at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in genomics research and as a teaching associate at the University of Melbourne. She is passionate about refugee and migrant health, gender equity and human rights advocacy.

Nadia Wu

Nadia Wu is a freelance journalist and former law student currently studying a postgraduate journalism degree at RMIT University.

Nasuha Nasser

Nasuha Nasser is a freelance writer and undergraduate student of Psychology and Media and Communications at Melbourne University. She is passionate about social change and is currently working on projects with Habitat for Humanity Victoria and Whitelion. She also enjoys writing raps and starting independent fundraising projects for humanitarian organisations.

Natalie D-Napoleon

Natalie D-Napoleon is from Fremantle, Australia and lived in the U.S for a decade. She was raised on a farm by her Croatian immigrant parents. Her writing has appeared in The Australian (Review), Cordite, Westerly, Griffith Review, and Australian Poetry Journal. Currently she is a PhD Creative Writing candidate. In 2018 she won the prestigious Bruce Dawe National […]

Natasha Parnian

Natasha Parnian has recently finished a BA Dip Ed-Secondary majoring in English literature and Ancient History. She works as a casual teacher and is a current Masters by Research student at Macquarie University interested in the historiography of the Greco-Persian wars. Her poetry has been highly commended in the 2014 Positive Words Short Story and […]

Nerita Waight, Rueben Berg, and Ngarra Murray

Nerita Waight, Rueben Berg, and Ngarra Murray are Members of the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria, the democratic voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on the journey to Treaty.

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Ngarra Murray

Ngarra Murray is a Wamba Wamba, Yorta Yorta, Dhudhuroa and Dja Dja Wurrung woman and co-chair of the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria.

Omar Sakr

Omar Sakr is an Arab Australian poet whose work has featured in Meanjin, Overland, Cordite Poetry Review, The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, and Junkee among many others.

Paul Hamer

Paul Hamer is a Kairuruku/Research Associate at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Penny Gibson

Penny Gibson is a Melbourne-based writer of poetry and short fiction.

Peter Thrupp

Peter Thrupp is a 28-year-old community organiser/activist and musician from Brisbane.

Phoebe McIlwraith

Phoebe is a Bundjalung and Worimi Saltwater woman, currently based at Muloobinba (Newcastle City) and a 5th year law student at UON.

Phylisa Wisdom

Phylisa Wisdom is a freelance writer who recently returned to the USA after living in Melbourne for two and a half years.

Pia White

Pia White is a lawyer and a feminist working in Melbourne.

Pip Smith

Pip Smith is an Australian poet. This poem was originally published in Too Close For Comfort and was republished with the author’s permission.

PS Cottier

PS Cottier is a poet who lives in Canberra, who blogs at pscottier.com. She has published four books of poetry, and individual poems have appeared in India, England, the USA and Canada, as well as in Australia. Her latest collection is a chapbook called Quick Bright Things: Poems of Fantasy and Myth, and she is writing a […]

Rachael Imam

Rachael Imam is a communications associate based in Melbourne.

Ramisa Raya

Ramisa is a law student and hobbyist writer. Her collection ‘Siren of the Little Mermaid’ is part of a greater anthology, ‘Speak’ – a collection of folklore and fairytale free-verse subversions that restore the voices lost (unspoken, silenced) in feminine discourse. She welcomes you warmly to her blog: http://ramisatheauthoress.wordpress.com/.

Randa Abdel-Fattah

Randa Abdel-Fattah is a prominent Australian author, academic, human rights advocate, former lawyer and mother of four children.

Rawan Arraf

Rawan Arraf is principal lawyer and director of the Australian Centre for International Justice.

Rebecca Giggs

Rebecca Giggs writes about ecology and environmental imagination, animals, landscape, politics and memory.

Rebecca Powell

Rebecca Powell is the Managing Director of the Border Crossing Observatory and the Research and Centre Manager of the Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre at Monash University. She is completing a PhD with Monash Criminology titled “I still call Australia home: Balancing risk and human rights in the deportation of convicted non-citizens from Australia to […]

Rebecca Simpson-Dal Santo

Rebecca Simpson-Dal Santo is a kindergarten teacher who recently graduated with a Master of Education (Research).

Renee Pettitt-Schipp

Reneé Pettitt-Schipp lived in the Indian Ocean Territories from 2011 until 2014. Renee’s work with asylum seekers in detention on Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) islands inspired her first collection of poetry, ‘The Sky Runs Right Through Us’.  This manuscript was shortlisted for the inaugural Dorothy Hewett manuscript prize and released by UWA Publishing in February 2018. Reneé’s work has […]

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Formerly incarcerated NHMRC Qualitative Study participants with a history of injecting drug use.

Rhuwina Griffiths

Rhuwina Griffiths is a life story writer who facilitates the sharing of stories through life review workshops.

Rob Gilchrist

Rob Gilchrist is studying a Juris Doctorate at the University of Melbourne. He is passionate about travelling as well as Australian and international politics.

Robert Verdon

Robert Verdon belonged to Aberrant Genotype Press in Canberra from 1998-2002. He came 2nd in the 2012 W.B. Yeats Poetry Prize. His books include The Well-Scrubbed Desert (1994), Her Brilliant Career (1998), and Before we Knew this Century (2010).

Robin de Crespigny

Robin de Crespigny is a Sydney filmmaker and the author of the award-winning book The People Smuggler.

Rodney Williams

Rodney Williams’ poetry has appeared in Blue Dog, Mascara Literary Review, Overland and Southerly (Australia), Antipodes (USA) and Poetry New Zealand. Both published through Ginninderra Press, his books include A bird-loving man (2013) and In that dusty rearview mirror (2015). Working as an English/ Humanities teacher in a government high school in regional Victoria, Rodney teaches classes in human rights and philosophy, as well as literacy and history.

Roj Amedi

Roj Amedi writes and speaks on a range of issues including politics, the arts, culture, public policy, gender and race.

Ronny Kareni

Ronny Kareni is a Canberra-based West Papuan musician and activist. He graduated in diplomacy studies at the Australian National University. He is also the co-founder of Rize of the Morning Star, a musical and cultural movement, and consults the Pacific Mission of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua.

Rosa Ritchie

Rosa is a writer and critic based in Melbourne. Her work is informed by her interest in literature, screen and cultural studies. She is currently studying the RMIT Graduate Diploma in Journalism.

Rose Hartley

Rose Hartley is an Adelaide writer whose first novel (working title “The Caravan“) is currently shortlisted for Varuna’s Publisher Introduction Program. In 2013, her alter ego Florence Child was runner up in the inaugural 457 Prize for Poetry. Rose’s short fiction has appeared in the Adelaide Fringe WORD anthology and the University of Melbourne creative […]

Roselina Press

Roselina Press is an editor, writer and communications specialist. She is the Editor in Chief of Right Now.

Roslyn Cook

Roslyn Cook is the Principal Solicitor at NSW Inner City Legal Service​

Ryan Cole

Ryan Cole has worked as a sex worker for several years and is the current secretary of Scarlet Alliance, the Australian Sex Workers Association. She is passionate about sex worker rights and organising.

Safdar Ahmed

Safdar Ahmed is an artist and academic in Islamic studies, and the author of Reform and Modernity in Islam.

Sally Goldner

Sally Goldner is the Executive Director of Transgender Victoria.

Sam Biddle

Sam Biddle is a photographer interested in participatory and experimental methods of storytelling. His methods endeavour to enable the person being photographed to be in control of their narrative and its communication. See more of his work here: sambiddle.me.

Sam Bookman

Sam Bookman is a doctoral candidate at Harvard Law School, where his research focuses on the relationship between constitutional law and environmental protection. He also maintains a practice in international environmental law as Senior Staff Attorney at the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, and is an admitted lawyer in New York (active) and […]

Sam Flynn

Sam Flynn is a lawyer, writer, student and co-founder of www.mykifines.org.au and www.joseflegal.com. In October 2017, he attended the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival thanks to RMIT’s Professional Writing and Editing program.

Sam Irvine

Sam Irvine is currently undertaking a Masters of Journalism at the University of Melbourne.

Sam Orchard

Sam Orchard coordinates We Are Beneficiaries and is its social media moderator. Sam has a Master of Creative Writing and is a Queer and Trans illustrator, comic creator and designer. See Sam’s work here.

Sam Ryan

Sam Ryan is a freelance writer and editor based in Melbourne.

Sam Wilson

Sam Wilson is a Melbourne writer and theatre director. She has written for Arts Hub, Beat magazine, and her poetry has been published in fourWtwenty and the University of Newcastle’s Mascara Literary Review. She won New York Public Radio program Studio 360’s Short short story competition with her piece ‘The Fourth Dog’. She has also […]

Samantha Hepburn

Samantha Hepburn is an Associate Professor at the Deakin University School of Law, Barrister and Solicitor at the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Samantha Jones

Samantha Jones is a communications professional, writer and performer, with a passion for arts, social justice and human rights. Their reviews have been published in The Big Issue and Westerly.

Samaya Argüello

Samaya Argüello ​is a Law and Criminology Academic and PhD candidate with research focused on human rights law, artificial intelligence and terrorism.

Sanam Sharma

Sanam has called Australia home since migrating here from India in 1999. His poems have featured in The Bombay Review, Muse India, and The Ashvamegh Journal. In 2016 his first book of poetry was published titled ‘Tamed Words’ and is currently seeking publishers for his 2nd collection of poems. He is a regular blogger in Huffington […]

Sandra Renew

Sandra’s ongoing project is the interrogation of gender presentation and the LGBTIQAA gender discourses. Her poetry comments on contemporary issues and questions including war, language, environment, climate and the planet’s health, translation, border crossings, dissent, gender. Her work is informed by many years working in war zones, in Indigenous communities and on the fringes of […]

Sangeetha Pillai

Sangeetha Pillai is a Senior Research Associate at Andrew and Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law

Saoirse Nash

Saoirse Nash is a performance poet, born and raised in rural Ireland but now living in Perth, Western Australia. She works as a co-ordinator of Spoken Word Perth and has featured at many gigs around the city as well as the 2017 National Young Writer’s Festival in Newcastle. Poetry is important to Saoirse not only as a form of catharsis but also as an act of protest. She holds compassion and justice as her highest values.

Sara Maher

Sara Maher was born in New Zealand. She has worked in the community sector extensively, particularly in settlement, education and community development with refugee communities. In 2006 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship for her work with African women and education. She currently manages The Anyikool Project, recording the life histories of South Sudanese women […]

Sarah Jacob

Sarah Jacob is a journalist and non-fiction editor at Right Now.

Sarah Schwartz

Sarah Schwartz is the Principal Managing Lawyer of the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service’s Wirraway practice.

Sarah Yeung

Sarah Yeung is an English and Cultural Studies PhD candidate at the University of Western Australia. Her research explores the relationship between history, exile and architecture in literature.You can find her on Twitter @sairywhy.

Sayomi Ariyawansa

Sayomi is a Melbourne lawyer and PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne, where she is researching the use of migrant labour in the Australian agriculture industry.

Senthorun Raj

Senthorun Raj is a Scholar in Residence at New York University’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice.

Shaan Ali

Shaan Ali’s passion for photo-journalism from a very young age has taken him from India to Morocco, Borneo to Central Australia and many places in between.

Shahleena Musk

Shahleena Musk is a Senior Policy Advocate with the Human Rights Law Centre.

Shamindan Kanapathi

Shaminda Kanapathi is a human rights activist who has been detained on Manus Island and in Port Moresby by the Australian government since 2013.

Sharara Attai

Sharara Attai is a senior lawyer at the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS), a community legal centre that provides advice to asylum seekers seeking protection and refugees seeking to reunite with their families. She has worked with refugees from various countries, including a number of Palestinian refugees. She came to Australia as a refugee […]

Sharen Bart

Sharen is a postgraduate research candidate at the University of Western Australia. Her research focuses on Australian literature, specifically Kim Scott’s work.

Sharon Hammad

Sharon Hammad writes short stories and poems for adults and children. Her work has been published in Woman’s Day, FreeXpression, Narrator and Yellow Moon.

Shih Joo Tan

Postgraduate researcher, Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre and the Border Crossing Observatory

Shireen Morris

Shireen Morris is a senior policy adviser at Cape York Institute, a PhD candidate at Monash University and the co-editor of “The Forgotten People: liberal and conservative approaches to recognising indigenous peoples”.

Sian Ainsworth

Sian is finishing her Juris Doctor from Melbourne Law School and is currently interning at the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness.

Sian Vate

Sian Vate is the deputy editor of Overland and works for United Voice Union. She has previously worked as a radio presenter and as a student campaigner. Her poetry has appeared in Cordite Poetry Review, otoliths, The Age and Artichoke. Her chapbook end motion / manifest was published by Bulky News Press in 2015.

Simon Farley

Simon Farley is a writer from Melbourne. Zir work has appeared in the pages of Voiceworks and on stage at La Mama Theatre. Ze also edits, directs, acts and plays music. Ze yearns for a more equitable and compassionate society and has a particular interest in issues of ecology, gender and sexuality.

Simon Katterl

Simon Katterl works in mental health advocacy, policy and has his own lived experience. He is Chair of the Human Rights and Ethics Sub-Committee for the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (‘VMIAC’). ​

Simone King

Simone King is a human rights lawyer and writer currently based in the ACT.

Siobhan Hodge

Siobhan Hodge has a Ph.D. in English literature. Her thesis examined the creative and critical legacy of the ancient Greek poet Sappho. She won the 2017 Kalang Eco-Poetry Award and 2015 Patricia Hackett Award for poetry.  She primarily writes of ecocritical and equality issues, and has had poetry and critical work published and translated in a range of places […]

Sohee Park Kwon

Sohee is studying Sociology, Politics, and International Studies at the University of Melbourne with a focus especially on intersectionality and substantive equality.

Sohini Mehta

Sohini Mehta is an Australian graduate of the London School of Economics.

Sophie Chao

Sophie Chao is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Sydney. Her anthropological research explores the intersections of ecology, Indigeneity, and capitalism in Southeast Asia. For more information, please visit www.morethanhumanworlds.com.

Sophie Leaver

Sophie Leaver studied law at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Sophie Trevitt

Sophie is a solicitor, campaigner and strong advocate for reforming the justice system. Sophie is the Executive Officer of Change the Record and the ACT Co-Chair of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights. Sophie has over ten years campaigning, media and communications experience working for a number of national NGOs and as a senior staffer in both state and […]

Stella Maynard

Stella Maynard is a library rat who lives and works on unceded Gadigal land. They are currently researching the intersection of carceral and environmental violences in Australia, for an honours thesis at the University of Sydney (Dept. of Gender and Cultural Studies). Stella’s writing has been published by GaussPDF and Running Dog, and they have read […]

Stephanie Griffin

Stephanie Griffin is a writer, a radio presenter and student undertaking a double degree in Film and Law at Monash University.

Stephenie Lau

Stephenie was born in Canada, raised in Hong Kong and is a recent immigrant to the stolen land.

Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa

Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa is a Melbourne based spoken word artist, workshop facilitator, actor, producer, MC and human rights reformer.

Sunili Govinnage

Sunili Govinnage is a Sri Lankan-born Australian who grew up on Whadjuk Noongar Country (also known as Perth, Western Australia). She is currently recovering from a decade working as a lawyer, including several years assisting people seeking asylum in both Indonesia and Australia.

Sylvie Leber

Sylvie Leber worked as a tenancy project worker for Council of Single Mothers and Their Children.

T M Collins

T M Collins is a poet, fictionist and playwright. He has published seven books of poetry, the most recent being The Crooked Floor. He has received over 50 awards for his poetry, short stories and plays. He is currently editing his latest book of poetry titled Night and Fog.

Tal Shmerling

Tal Shmerling is a member of the “refugee pod” at Young Liberty for Law Reform.

Tessa Flemming

Tessa Flemming is a Brisbane based author and journalist. When not studying writing and journalism, she works as a newsreader for 4zzz.

Thomas Crofts

Thomas Crofts is Director of the Sydney Institute of Criminology and Associate Professor in the School of Law, University of Sydney.

Tiggy Johnson

Tiggy Johnson’s poems have appeared in Cordite, Quadrant, Audio Overland II, Going Down Swinging, and in Black Inc’s Best Australian Poems 2012. Her poetry collection First taste was published in 2010 and That zero year, co-written with Andrew Phillips, in 2012. She is currently writing her family history in poetry. Read more about her at […]

Tilly Houghton

Tilly Houghton is the captain of her little ship in a thunderstorm. She’d appreciate suggestions for naming the vessel while it’s riding the waves.

Tilman Ruff

Associate Professor Tilman Ruff AM is co-president of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.

Tim Costello

Tim Costello is the Chief Advocate of World Vision Australia.

Tim Norton

Tim Norton is the head of campaigns at Save the Children Australia.

Tom Clarke

Tom Clarke is a spokesperson for the Timor Sea Justice Campaign.

Tom Kaye

Tom Kaye is an international education program consultant who has designed and managed education systems in Australia and Bangladesh.

Tony Birch

Tony Birch’s most recent novel, Blood, was shortlisted for the prestigious Miles Franklin award in 2012.

Tony Page

Tony Page has published three books of poetry in Australia, most recently the 2004 anthology Gateway to the Sphinx (Five Island Press). Tony lived for 20 years as a teacher in South East Asia and returned to live in Melbourne two years ago.

Tyberius Larking

Tyberius Larking is a Mirning writer and visual artist of trans experience, who lives and works and writes poetry on Kaurna country.

Vanessa McQuarrie

Vanessa McQuarrie is a Sydney-based journalist, photographer and content producer.

Veronica Sheen

Dr Veronica Sheen is an independent social policy researcher and commentator.

Vivienne Mohan

Vivienne Mohan is a nineteen-year-old Queensland poet. She began writing in 2016 and in that same year was the runner-up of the Thomas Shapcott Poetry Competition for an unpublished first manuscript.

Wendy Chen

Wendy Chen is a writer and student from New South Wales with a particular interest in fiction, review writing, and advocacy.

Yahya Abdelkarim

Yahya Abdelkarim was born in Northern Darfur, Sudan. He fled from Darfur in 2005 and lived in a refugee camp in Ghana for 2 and a half years. The Australian Government granted him a humanitarian visa in 2007. He is the Secretary of Media for Darfur Community Association of Australia and a board member of […]

Yassir Morsi

Dr Yassir Morsi is a researcher at the International Centre for Muslim and Non-Muslim Understanding at the University of South Australia.

Zara Gudnason

Zara Gudnason is a writer and photographer currently living in Melbourne. Zara has worked as a newspaper journalist and freelance writer with work published by The Mercury newspaper, Matters Journal, Catalyst Magazine and Togatus. She has also worked in communications for Not-for-Profit organisations and campaigns including Tasmanian Council of Social Service, Tasmanian Human Rights Act […]

Zenith Collective

Zenith Collective is a not-for-profit digital human rights platform, showcasing the voices of filmmakers from all over the world.

Zoya Patel

Zoya founded Feminartsy in 2014, following four years as Editor-In-Chief of Lip Magazine.  Zoya was Highly Commended in the Scribe Publishing Non-Fiction Prize 2015, was the 2014 recipient of the Anne Edgeworth Young Writers’ Fellowship, and was named the 2015 ACT Young Woman of the Year. Her debut book, No Country Woman, a memoir of not belonging, is out […]